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General Mach Discussion / Touch probe to Point Cloud
« on: June 27, 2011, 07:32:30 PM »
Recently we started using Mach3 to control our MaxNC 15 CL, largely because we needed to upgrade our operating system (Windows 98 just won't cut it anymore  :D )
Under the previous software we had a program simply called Probe which allowed me to create a point cloud (in several different file formats, including DXF) using a touch probe instead of a turning spindle.  So far, the only wizard I have found in Mach3 which does anything of this sort is based on an A axis.  I want to use only X, Y, & Z.  The only reply I have received from Mach3 Support so far told me to look up G-Code G31.  I have done so (by using http://www.tormach.com/machine_codes.html), but that does not tell me how to do what I am trying to do, most especially it does not tell me how to save the data to a point cloud in a file with a name and format.  There is a reference to a Macro M40, but no explanation of what that is (so I have no idea if it is specific to a given hardware, software, or what).
At this point my boss is extremely frustrated and ready to find another software to do the job.
Please help me!

MacAmergin

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